Please preserve Chinsegut center
I hope there is no death knell for the glorious nature/retreat center that Chinsegut is. The nature center comprises 408 of the 828 acres which is also a wildlife and environmental area.
More then 20 years ago, when I was earning my master's degree in counseling at USF, our class held an in-service, counseling session there. Just to be in the forest setting, with the majestic old manor house, the ancient cemetery, and the markers on trees designating an important part of our heritage, was a privilege. Too often, sites like this are neglected and/or demolished. How sad!
I do hope that USF will work with other public agencies, as Dan Dewitt's column suggests, to preserve this landmark. We are fortunate to have aspects of our heritage and culture available to us. Perhaps this column will bring new interest to Chinsegut. Letters to our state representatives are in order here. Those of us who care about our history, should write to them. Private donations are another way to save this beautiful Florida landscape.
Lilyan Dayton, New Port Richey
Student admired for his work ethic
Let me offer my encouragement to Trollis Williams for his dedication in finishing up his senior year and his graduation Monday evening from Hernando High School.
He should hold his head up high and be very proud of his accomplishment. When he finishes his education and becomes a registered nurse, he is the kind of person I want looking over me should I be placed in the hospital. This really made me feel good about the people who will be making decisions on the future. Again, great job.
Jack Frain, Spring Hill
It's up to students to seek education
I am writing in response to the insightful letter regarding teaching money matters and life matters in schools.
Some teachers do teach these important concepts, along with the required curriculum. For instance, my seventh-grade students work jobs, receive paychecks, keep budgets and pay rent to sit at their desks. Once they save up enough, they can buy other students' desks and charge rent so they learn how to invest their money. I incorporate this system into my classroom, without taking away from teaching writing and grammar.
Now, that said, people have to realize that their education is up to them. If you seek additional answers, you must seek new sources of knowledge.
Read books on finance; the libraries are full of them. Talk to wealthy people. Ask adults what they would have done differently with their money and life — then take notes. A standard education will give you a standard life. If you want more, you must invest in self-education.
Steven Haberlin, Spring Hill
Orchestra's beach concert beautiful
I was in a grouchy mood all weekend until my wife and I went to the Hernando Symphony Orchestra "Tunes at Twilight" at the Hernando Beach Club Sunday night.
The music was beautiful, the weather was beautiful and the view of the gulf was beautiful. Listening to the orchestra as the golden sun set over the gulf took away my bad mood. It was an evening like this that reminded me of why life is good.
Jerry Cowling, Brooksville